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Friday, 06 August 2021 18:44

BFI bows The Seventh Seal on 4K Ultra HD, plus Paramount has From Dusk Til Dawn coming on UHD, and more news & reviews

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We’re wrapping up the week here at The Digital Bits with a trio of additional disc reviews and a bit more release news too. First up, those reviews...

Tim kicks things off with a look at Jacques Tourneur’s 1964 horror-comedy classic The Comedy of Terrors, starring Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre. It’s coming to Blu-ray on 8/31 from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Also, Dennis has offered his thoughts on Frank Perry’s Mommie Dearest, recently released as a new Paramount Presents Blu-ray edition.

And Stephen rounds things out today with his take on Robert Aldrich’s The Choirboys (1977) on Blu-ray also from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

Now then, in terms of release news, the British Film Institute has just surprised us all by announcing its very first 4K Ultra HD release and it’s a good one: Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (1957). You can see the cover artwork at the left there. [Read on here...]

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The disc will street on 10/18 and it’s currently available for pre-order here in the BFI Shop, but be aware that due to distribution rights issues, it’s only available for sale to those in the UK (and related territories). It’s possible that the title could also appear for sale on Amazon UK and Zavvi UK, but there’s no sign of it yet. Still, it’s great to see another boutique distributor getting into the physical UHD game.

While we’re talking 4K Ultra HD, we have word from retail sources that Paramount’s second Miramax title to arrive on the format (after Scream on 10/19) will be Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). Look for that to arrive tentatively on 10/26. (We’ll let you know when it gets officially announced and goes up for pre-order on Amazon.)

Also, we have multiple industry sources now telling us that Criterion’s first 4K Ultra HD title (or titles) should arrive in Q4 of this year. I emphasize should, as much depends on production work going smoothly and Criterion has certainly not hesitated to delay things before. This is definitely one of those cases where I’m happy to just let them do their thing, and announce great 4K titles, without people like me trying to complicate that effort by outing the specific titles they’re working on. So before you start asking me about specific titles, that’s why I’m not saying anything about it yet. But fingers crossed, the company will finally make the leap to 4K before the year is out.

We’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits with all of these titles accordingly.

We’ve also posted our latest update of the Release Dates and Artwork section here at the site, with all the latest Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD cover artwork and Amazon pre-order links. As always, whenever you order literally anything from Amazon after clicking through one of our links, you’re helping to support our work here at the site and we really do appreciate it!

Still speaking of 4K, let’s switch over to Digital... iTunes has now upgraded John Carpenter’s The Thing, and the Paramount titles The Italian Job, The Score, and Changing Lanes to 4K. Other Digital services—Vudu, Kaleidescape, etc—may have done as well (or may be in the process of doing so). Bits readers who’ve seen The Thing report that it looks pretty terrific. This is just a reminder though that there may be many catalog films that are upgraded to 4K via Digital that might never see the light of day on physical discs. So keep your eyes peeled for such titles, if you’re a Digital consumer.

Also on the streaming 4K front this afternoon, don’t forget that James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is available starting today (and for the next month) on HBO Max in 4K with Dolby Vision. And yes, the title is coming to physical 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray in a couple of months from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (our latest info on the street date is late October).

And finally today, here’s something interesting: Actor Matt Damon recently appeared on the First We Feast YouTube channel, which features actors and other celebrities talking about their work while eating—in this case spicy hot wings. At about 14 minutes into the interview, host Sean Evans asks Damon about the changes he’s seen in the film industry in recent years. And Damon proceeds to talk specifically about how the decline of DVD (and physical media in general) has changed the game in terms of the kinds of movies that get made now. It’s interesting, insightful, and it’s the kind of thing we’ve been talking about here at The Bits for a while now. Anyway, we thought it was worth sharing. Thanks to our longtime friend Greg Robinson for sending me the link. I’ll try to share the video below at the exact point that Evans asks the question, but if it doesn’t work, go to about 14:00 (though the whole piece is fun and worth watching)...

And that’s all for this week.

Hope you all have a great weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday!

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